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23rd Sep '16 6:32:59 PM Nintendoman01
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* As revealed in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', Frieza was apparently not well-liked by his subordinates in the Planet Trade Organization, with two subordinates, Sorbet and Tagoma, ''only'' using the Dragon Balls to resurrect him because, with the empire going down the tubes since Frieza's demise, they see his [[TheDreaded fear factor]] as [[GodzillaThreshold the only way to restore it]]. Even while searching for the Dragon Balls, Tagoma flat-out tells Sorbet that it's a bad idea to resurrect Frieza given what a psychopath he was, and Sorbet agrees that they may be better off without him.

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* As revealed in ''Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF'', Frieza was apparently not well-liked by ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': ''Everyone'' utterly despises [[EvilOverlord Frieza]], including his subordinates in own henchmen, to the Planet Trade Organization, with two subordinates, Sorbet and Tagoma, extent that in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'', it's established that the ''only'' using reason two of his men, Sorbet and Tagoma, used the [[MacGuffin Dragon Balls Balls]] to resurrect bring him BackFromTheDead is because, with the empire [[TheEmpire his empire]] going down the tubes since Frieza's his demise, they see his [[TheDreaded fear factor]] Frieza's status as TheDreaded as [[GodzillaThreshold the only way to restore it]]. Even while searching for the Dragon Balls, Tagoma flat-out tells Sorbet that it's a bad idea to resurrect bring Frieza back given what a psychopath he was, and Sorbet agrees that they may be better off without him.



* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'': [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Jason Wynn]] is utterly despised by anyone who knows him personally; in fact, the only reason he hasn't been assassinated is because he's spent his career gathering incriminating evidence on various governments and organizations throughout his career, preventing him from being terminated and providing him with a bargaining chip to regain his authority if lost.



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Everyone, absolutely ''everyone'' at Sacred Heart hates Dr. Kelso, to the extent that when Dr. Cox tricks everyone into thinking Kelso is dead in the episode "My Kingdom," their reactions are range from indifference to joy.

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Everyone, absolutely ''everyone'' at Sacred Heart hates Dr. Kelso, to the extent that when Dr. Cox tricks everyone into thinking Kelso is dead in the episode "My Kingdom," their reactions are range from indifference to joy.



* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Gangrel, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mad King]] of Plegia, was steadily losing the support of his countrymen over his costly war with Yllise. After [[spoiler:Emmeryn makes herself a martyr by killing herself after being captured to be executed]], all but the most ardent loyalists begin to desert his army en masse.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', Gangrel, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mad King]] of Plegia, was steadily losing the support of his countrymen over his costly war with Yllise.Ylisse. After [[spoiler:Emmeryn makes herself a martyr by killing herself after being captured to be executed]], all but the most ardent loyalists begin to desert his army en masse.



* It is heavily implied in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' that Colonel Volgin fell into this category, with Jonathan's claims that by Naked Snake killing Volgin at Groznyj Grad (although technically, it was lightning that killed Volgin rather than Snake himself), Snake was also considered a hero by the Soviet Union. It also explains why he wanted to place Breszhnev and Kosygin in power as {{PuppetKing}}s in the first place: The Soviets would never have served Volgin had he tried to do rule it directly.

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* It is heavily implied in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'' that Colonel Volgin fell into this category, with Jonathan's claims that by Naked Snake killing Volgin at Groznyj Grad (although technically, it was lightning that killed Volgin rather than Snake himself), Snake was also considered a hero by the Soviet Union. It also explains why he wanted to place Breszhnev and Kosygin in power as {{PuppetKing}}s {{Puppet King}}s in the first place: The Soviets would never have served Volgin had he tried to do rule it directly.



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''

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21st Sep '16 5:15:48 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted by ''BatenKaitos'', where the ruler everyone hates (except the people in his capital city, who adore him) is actually being puppeteered by a lesser noble that everyone ''loves''.

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* Subverted by ''BatenKaitos'', ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', where the ruler everyone hates (except the people in his capital city, who adore him) is actually being puppeteered by a lesser noble that everyone ''loves''.
19th Sep '16 7:44:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Narnia}}'s [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlords]] spanned the entire popularity spectrum:

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* {{Narnia}}'s ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': [[EvilOverlord Evil Overlords]] spanned the entire popularity spectrum:
19th Sep '16 7:43:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* Galbatorix from the Literature/InheritanceCycle. While his (corrupt and evil) nobles like him, anyone who is good hates his guts. He's just too powerful to be overthrown.
** [[SubvertedTrope Or, at least, so it first appears]]; later books show that most people support Galbatorix. While he is evil, the forces of good don't make the citizens' lives better, as it is them that are destroying the country. As such, they met with heavy opposition in most villages. Also, in the first book, the village of Carvahall didn't care that Galbatorix was ruling them because they were remote and unimportant enough to evade his attentions and thus still lead a peaceful life. The Varden are the only ones that really oppose him.

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* Galbatorix from the Literature/InheritanceCycle. While his (corrupt and evil) nobles like him, anyone who is good hates his guts. He's just too powerful to be overthrown.
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overthrown. [[SubvertedTrope Or, at least, so it first appears]]; later books show that most people support Galbatorix. While he is evil, the forces of good don't make the citizens' lives better, as it is them that are destroying the country. As such, they met with heavy opposition in most villages. Also, in the first book, the village of Carvahall didn't care that Galbatorix was ruling them because they were remote and unimportant enough to evade his attentions and thus still lead a peaceful life. The Varden are the only ones that really oppose him.
19th Sep '16 7:43:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Played with in a few of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels. In ''Wyrd Sisters'', the Felmets seem annoyed at how long it takes for their tyrannical rule to get to the people of Lancre; at one point, Duke Felmet laments "You couldn't oppress a people like that any more than you could oppress a mattress."

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* Played with in a few of the Literature/{{Discworld}} novels. novels.
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In ''Wyrd Sisters'', the Felmets seem annoyed at how long it takes for their tyrannical rule to get to the people of Lancre; at one point, Duke Felmet laments "You couldn't oppress a people like that any more than you could oppress a mattress."



* In Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire, Stannis Baratheon more or less admits that he would be a king of this type if he manages to win the throne in the current civil war. The populace would hate his guts because he's a stern, taciturn KnightTemplar, the nobility would hate him because of his complete unwillingness to budge on so much as what appetizers to serve at dinner, and his own supporters and bannermen would hate him because he would treat them just as harshly as he would his own enemies. The only reason he even ''wants'' the throne stems from the reason he would be so bad at it: as his elder brother's heir following the former king's [[BrotherSisterIncest illegitimate children]], he sees the throne as legally his, despite the fact that almost no one, including himself, actually wants him to hold it.
** His most fervent supporter, Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight, was previously a smuggler/pirate who sneaked onions and other foodstuffs onto Stannis' besieged fortress during the previous rebellion. In recognition for his gallantry and heroism, Stannis knighted him. And as punishment for his smuggling activities, he ordered the last joint of the fingers from one hand removed. He let Ser Davos choose which hand. Needless to say, loyalty like the Onion Knight's is very much the exception in Lord Stannis' court.

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* In Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire, ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
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Stannis Baratheon more or less admits that he would be a king of this type if he manages to win the throne in the current civil war. The populace would hate his guts because he's a stern, taciturn KnightTemplar, the nobility would hate him because of his complete unwillingness to budge on so much as what appetizers to serve at dinner, and his own supporters and bannermen would hate him because he would treat them just as harshly as he would his own enemies. The only reason he even ''wants'' the throne stems from the reason he would be so bad at it: as his elder brother's heir following the former king's [[BrotherSisterIncest illegitimate children]], he sees the throne as legally his, despite the fact that almost no one, including himself, actually wants him to hold it.
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His most fervent supporter, Davos Seaworth, the Onion Knight, was previously a smuggler/pirate who sneaked onions and other foodstuffs onto Stannis' besieged fortress during the previous rebellion. In recognition for his gallantry and heroism, Stannis knighted him. And as punishment for his smuggling activities, he ordered the last joint of the fingers from one hand removed. He let Ser Davos choose which hand. Needless to say, loyalty like the Onion Knight's is very much the exception in Lord Stannis' court.
19th Sep '16 7:38:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[MachiavelliWasWrong Machiavelli's]] ''ThePrince'' advises against this. It suggests ruling by being both loved and feared. However, it acknowledges that instilling both in the populace is difficult. Love is a good choice, but fear is the safer bet because love is given at will, while fear is involuntary. Above all, a ruler must avoid being hated.

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* [[MachiavelliWasWrong Machiavelli's]] ''ThePrince'' ''Literature/ThePrince'' advises against this. It suggests ruling by being both loved and feared. However, it acknowledges that instilling both in the populace is difficult. Love is a good choice, but fear is the safer bet because love is given at will, while fear is involuntary. Above all, a ruler must avoid being hated.
6th Sep '16 3:26:55 PM CrypticMirror
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* In ''Series/AlloAllo'', Herr Flick's attempt to find out who stole One Million Francs from his personal account runs into problems because he defines a suspect as "someone who hates him". Helga points out that ''everyone'' hates him though.
1st Sep '16 6:17:30 PM karstovich2
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'''Nota Bene''': This trope ''does not work'' in RealLife because real politicians [[RealityEnsues start running into major problems]] before they can achieve a ZAR. "Very low" is different from "zero". In stable governments, politicians with very low approval ratings are unable to accomplish any legislating, because they're working with other politicians who don't want ''their'' approval ratings to plummet. In less stable situations, politicians with very low approval ratings are overthrown before they can hit the zero mark. Even in a complete and absolute dictatorship, the GloriousLeader needs to maintain at least the grudging approval of his bodyguards, most of the army, and the top bureaucrats, to avoid being deposed/shot at the first possible opportunity. They also commonly have support among certain segments of the population, like their family or a minority race. This trope also doesn't work on polls and movie reviews as well, because polls and movie reviews are sampled through a small group of people and are often biased towards one opinion. Further more, ZAR does not mean foreign approvals. A leader can be quite competent and loved at its home country, but greatly hated by rival nations.[[noreallife]]

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'''Nota Bene''': This trope ''does not work'' in RealLife because real politicians [[RealityEnsues start running into major problems]] before they can achieve a ZAR. "Very low" is different from "zero". In stable governments, politicians with very low approval ratings are unable to accomplish any legislating, because they're working with other politicians who don't want ''their'' approval ratings to plummet. In less stable situations, politicians with very low approval ratings are overthrown before they can hit the zero mark. Even in a complete and absolute dictatorship, the GloriousLeader needs to maintain at least the grudging approval of his bodyguards, most of the army, and the top bureaucrats, to avoid being deposed/shot at the first possible opportunity. They also commonly have support among certain segments of the population, like their family or a some minority race.group they can provide advantages to in exchange for support (this has most often been the aristocracy/elite, whether this is defined by ancestry or by some other method, like landholdings or other wealth, but it can also mean an ethnic group, a religious hierarchy, or something else). This trope also doesn't work on polls and movie reviews as well, because polls and movie reviews are sampled through a small group of people and are often biased towards one opinion. Further more, ZAR does not mean foreign approvals. A leader can be quite competent and loved at its home country, but greatly hated by rival nations.[[noreallife]]
24th Aug '16 9:22:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the BlackCompany novels, the Dominator is so thoroughly hated by everyone, even his own inner circle, that many of his former lieutenants conspire with the Black Company to keep him bound in his grave. His successor, the Lady, goes out of her way to avoid this trope, but still ends up fighting disaffected rebels. For example, her big black fortress of Evil is named 'Charm'.

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* In the BlackCompany Literature/TheBlackCompany novels, the Dominator is so thoroughly hated by everyone, even his own inner circle, that many of his former lieutenants conspire with the Black Company to keep him bound in his grave. His successor, the Lady, goes out of her way to avoid this trope, but still ends up fighting disaffected rebels. For example, her big black fortress of Evil is named 'Charm'.
21st Aug '16 12:27:23 PM thatmadork
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*** Joffrey Baratheon is completely loathed by everyone even before he was king for his pointless cruelty to everyone, just to show he's the king.

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*** Joffrey Baratheon is completely loathed by everyone even before he was king for his pointless cruelty to everyone, just to show he's the king. [[spoiler:Of course, when he gets poisoned later on, nobody knows who killed him and nobody, not even his own family, rally care about finding out.]]
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